MATRIXSYNTH: Rare Performance Music Systems Syntar via VEMIA

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Rare Performance Music Systems Syntar via VEMIA

"Vintage rare Performance Music Systems Syntar [Update: this predated the MOOG Liberation - see Carbon111's page linked below for some interesting and controversial history regarding the two] with documentation and flight case. The original “Keytar” is being offered for auction from original owner/inventor George Mattson [of the Mattson Mini Modular]. The package includes a Syntar Series I analog monosynth with power supply, connector cable, owners manual, a pad of patching charts and service documentation. The package also includes a flight case with a royal blue crushed velour interior. The Syntar has been in the possession of the owner since manufacture in 1981 but never been in circulation. George has recently replaced the capacitors and tuned up the system. The condition is very good with some minor signs of wear and age. The mylar graphics have stressed over the years and wrinkled as shown in the pictures. Overall, the system operates 100%. Information about the Syntar can be found at Carbon111 - including a nice picture of Bob Moog playing it. [VEMIA note: this has to be one of the rarest well-known synths ever entered into VEMIA, and to have it serviced and sold by the original designer is pretty nice too.] NB Like all of the lots so far in this particular auction, it is being sold as a non-VAT registered item. But if you import anything from outside the EC into the EC, you may be liable to VAT as a form of import tax."

You can find it listed on VEMIA - click on Auctions, Search, and then search for 5880.

1 comment:

  1. Both this Syntar and the Swan have been a bit of a myth for years. I first read about the Syntar in Mark Vail's book in 1993. The left hand controller is really something that was never done on anything else. All other 'keytars' pale in comparison to the sound and control one has with the Syntar.

    The Syntar makes the Moog Liberation look like a piece of unwieldy crap. Again, this unit has the gold double buss bar Pratt Reed keyboard. While George was building out my Syntar I was able to use portions of this particular synth.

    My estimate on this? $6500 easily. Why the S.W.A.N. estimated for more? Because there are at least a few Syntars out there .. there is only one S.W.A.N.

    What is most likely going to happen is someone in Germany or Belgium is going to snag both of this up taking advantage of the weak US Dollar and they'll never been seen in the USA again.

    Its sad to know they may leave the country, but heck, you wanted it Deutschlanders .. now this is your chance.


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